Fat Transfer, otherwise known as a fat grafting, is a procedure which involves the transfer of fat from one area to another. This is a commonly used facial rejuvenation technique used to help patients enhance decreased volume in the face secondary to aging.
Fat is removed via a liposuction technique from the abdomen, flanks, or inner/outer thighs. The fat is processed by removing blood products and oil. Then the fat is reinjected in its most pure form to areas of the face to create volume.
This procedure is often combined with other facial surgery including facelift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery. Also, patients often choose fat transfer as a more long-term option than serial biodegradable filler injections. Often one to two treatments may be necessary to achieve the most desirable result.
Common areas for Fat Transfer include:
- Tear Trough
- Nasolabial folds
- Upper and lower eyelids
Facial Fat Transfer Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I consider fat grafting instead of fillers?
While fillers have their place in facial rejuvenation, fat transfer offers several advantages. Since your own fat is being used as the graft material, the results last between three to seven years on average. This is considerably longer than hyaluronic acid facial fillers which can dissipate in as little as six months. During fat transfer to the face, we are able to inject 20-30+ vials of fat to restore facial volume loss in multiple areas at the same time. Our surgeons commonly augment the tear troughs/lower lids, cheeks/midface, temples, nasolabial folds, and the area around your mouth at the same time. This degree of volume restoration with fillers would be cost-prohibitive. As an added bonus, the transferred fat cells contain a multitude of growth factors that can improve the quality of your skin. Overall, our surgeons believe fat grafting is an excellent choice for people with significant facial volume loss, people who desire a completely natural approach to facial rejuvenation, or those that want longer lasting results.
At Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer this procedure to suitable candidates. Come in today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter at our office at (301) 652-8191.